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I'm about glow-in-the-dark roads

You’d be forgiven for thinking that someone forgot to send out their April Fool’s joke out on time, and 18% of those surveyed weren’t sure if these Tron-esque glow-in-the-dark roads were just a hoax.

The glow-in-the-dark road prototype

They’re real, they’re here, and they don’t work very well.

How does it work?

The glowing road markings are a pilot scheme held on a small 500m strip of road near the Dutch city of Oss.

The road markings are coated with phosphorescent paint, which collects sunlight during the day and then glows for up to eight hours during the night.

The aim of the scheme (codenamed Glowing Lines) is to improve driver visibility and reduce the number of night-time accidents on the road.

Sounds good. Why don’t we have them in the UK?

The initial test of the new road markings showed that the paint doesn’t work under high levels of moisture so if it rains, the road doesn’t glow.

That’s not too useful for us in the UK, especially since it rains for four months of the year on average.

It has also been reported that drivers are deliberately switching off their headlights as they drive down this road to feel the full Tron effect of the glowing road.

The designers aren’t letting a little rain dampen their spirits, though. Glowing Lines 2.0 is underway and will hopefully be the start of a brighter future for road users.

If you can’t wait for Glowing Lines to take off and want to improve visibility on the road, you could just cover your car with glow-in-the-dark paint, like the Volkswagen Golf Light-Tron.

Volkswagen Golf Light-Tron

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Jamie Gibbs

Jamie Gibbs

Jamie Gibbs is a Content Producer at, and is a self-confessed retro geek. If you spot an 80s pop culture reference, chances are he's the one who put it there.

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